Acupuncture and Bodywork on a Sliding Scale

As a nonprofit, Wasatch Community Acupuncture makes high-quality acupuncture and bodywork affordable enough so that you can obtain relief, healing, and greater wellness.

Our acupuncture clinic is Salt Lake’s best choice for affordable alternative healthcare.

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Acupuncture
$15 – $40 Sliding Scale - You decide what you can afford at each visit (plus one-time $15 new-patient fee at first visit)
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Bodywork
Three experienced practitioners offer a wide variety of services including therapeutic massage, energy work, and Ayurvedic treatments.
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We're Mission Driven, Not Profit Driven

If you are in pain, stressed, not sleeping, or having other health issues, Wasatch can provide lasting, effective relief in a relaxing and welcoming environment.

Our mission is to provide low-cost acupuncture to the Salt Lake Valley area and beyond through a group model that aims to make acupuncture available to people from all walks of life. We are Utah’s first and only nonprofit acupuncture clinic.

How we demonstrate our commitment to affordable healthcare:

  • Low Cost – We have a sliding scale of $15-$40 per treatment (with a $15 intake fee on the first visit). You decide what you can afford at each visit. You will receive a personalized, high-quality treatment no matter what you pay.
  • Experienced Professionals – We have been treating thousands of patients in the Salt Lake area for eight years and counting.
  • Accessible – Our friendly and experienced acupuncturists are available seven days a week, including weekends and evenings.
  • Convenient – Book online or call us to make an appointment. We are conveniently and centrally located in the Salt Lake area on 3900 South near 500 East.
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Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the placement of micro-thin, single-use, stainless-steel pins (needles) at different areas of the body; the selection of the points on the body and the number of pins depends on the reason(s) for your visit. Simply put, acupuncture helps to mobilize the body’s own ability to heal itself. Acupuncture is a gentle and effective way to help resolve or manage issues of pain, injury, stress, and many other health concerns.

Main Benefits

  • Calms and regulates the nervous system
  • Decreases inflammation and relieves pain
  • Increases blood flow and improves circulation
  • Regulates and restores the balance of hormones and strengthens immunity
  • Improves sense of well being and quality of life by helping to alleviate many kinds of suffering

Frequently Asked Questions

What does acupuncture treat?

Some of the issues that we treat often and successfully are:

  • back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee, and other types of pain
  • sports injuries
  • headaches, including migraines
  • sleep problems
  • anxiety, depression, and stress
  • allergies
  • respiratory issues and asthma
  • sciatica
  • fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other autoimmune disorders
  • gastrointestinal and digestive issues
  • women’s issues, including PMS, menstrual pain, and menopausal symptoms
  • neurological issues, including Bell’s Palsy, Meniere’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, shingles, and TMJ
  • many other conditions too numerous to list here

How does acupuncture work?

Although there are many theories as to why acupuncture works, the truth is that no one really knows for sure; no matter how it works, however, the evidence demonstrates that it does work, and works very well. That’s why so many health care practitioners (physicians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, chiropractors, counselors, etc.) refer their patients to Wasatch as a complementary therapy in conjunction with other medical treatment: acupuncture offers safe and effective results.

What does each acupuncture point do?

This is a very common but complex question. Since it comes up so often, one of our colleagues has written a book specifically answering this, and many other questions. You can download it free here, or buy it on amazon.

Do you use the pins more than once?

No. Our pins (needles) are sterile, single-use, and stainless-steel. They are disposed of after use in Sharps containers.

What kind of training and certification do your acupuncturists have?

All of our acupuncturists have a Master’s degree in acupuncture (a three- to four-year program), have passed the national certification exam, are certified in Clean Needle Technique, and are licensed to practice acupuncture by the State of Utah.

Don't you need to put pins in my hip/back/shoulder for acupuncture to work?

No, not at all. We are able to treat all kinds of conditions (even hip/back/shoulder pain) by using distal acupuncture. Distal acupuncture uses points on the extremities of the body (below the elbows/knees and on the head). Some styles of acupuncture favor lots of points on the torso but this is typically a matter of personal preference and style, and it isn’t necessary to get good results. We successfully treat pain in these areas multiple times a day, every day. The most important aspect of effective acupuncture is being able to get treatment often enough to get great results. That’s why we offer low-cost acupuncture treatments–so you can actually make use of acupuncture as much as you need to.

What is community acupuncture?

Wasatch is one of over 200 community acupuncture clinics that belongs to a national cooperative, the People’s Organization for Community Acupuncture (POCA). Clinics such as Wasatch must follow certain guidelines in order to be members of POCA, such as treating patients in a community treatment room and offering affordable prices.

Wasatch is deeply committed to the community acupuncture model, for many reasons:

  • The best way to let people know how well acupuncture can work is to make it affordable enough for people to try it
  • Healing in a room with other people is better than being alone
  • Acupuncture has been practiced in groups for thousands of years

To read more about POCA, please click here. You will find information about POCA’s efforts to start and sustain community acupuncture clinics around the country, including through mentorship, training, and its micro-loan program. POCA has also started its own affordable acupuncture school, called POCA Tech. POCA Tech is a nonprofit institution that started in 2014 and is training the next generation of community acupuncturists (a scarce resource for community clinics around the country). POCA Tech can definitely use the support of the public: to read more, and to donate to POCA Tech, click here.

What should I pay on the sliding scale?

By getting acupuncture at Wasatch, you become part of our clinic community. The sliding scale is a tool we use to make acupuncture accessible to more people. Here’s a guide on how to use it:

  • You will receive a high-quality, personalized treatment no matter what you pay on the scale. The number of pins you receive or how long you can stay is NOT affected by what you pay.
  • Choose a level on the sliding scale that will allow you to come in enough to get great results. Wasatch needs to treat a LOT of people in order to cover our expenses and stay open. This means that we need you to get great results, so you can tell other people that acupuncture works, so that they will try it! If you have a good experience here, please do tell everybody you know!
  • Different people need different amounts of acupuncture. You and your acupuncturist(s) will figure out how much you should get to obtain good results.
  • Different people have different amounts of money to spend on acupuncture. That’s just the reality. It’s our mission to make access to acupuncture as equal as we possibly can. Whatever you pay on the sliding scale directly supports the clinic. We are not supported by any funding source other than what you pay us for your treatments, so we are grateful for everything.
  • Wasatch is a nonprofit. That means nobody’s making a profit here. All of the revenues that you give us go into creating sustainable jobs in the clinic and providing more acupuncture. No matter what amount you choose to pay, by receiving acupuncture here you are supporting access to treatment for many other people in our community.

Do you treat pregnant women or fertility?

Pregnancy

We love to treat our pregnant patients, but we do have a few limitations, in which case we will be happy to give you a referral. Generally, we do not treat issues that are directly related to pregnancy, but we do treat pregnant women who are experiencing issues such as headaches, backaches, insomnia, etc.

Here are some issues that we refer out:

  • Patients in their first trimester
  • Inducing labor
  • Treating breech pregnancy

We are happy to provide you with referrals to local acupuncturists who specialize in this area.

Fertility

We often treat women in order to help get their bodies healthy and their menstrual cycles regular; in many cases, this leads to women being able to get pregnant.

Complex reproductive issues often receive specialized care, and there are acupuncturists who specialize in those areas who are better able to deal with more complicated circumstances. For this reason, we normally refer patients to specialists in cases such as:

  • Women who are 38 and older
  • Women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
  • Women who have had multiple miscarriages
  • Women with anatomical obstacles to pregnancy, such as an irregularly shaped uterus
  • Women who have had severe endometriosis
  • Women who have not become pregnant after several months of treatment at our clinic

We are happy to provide you with referrals to local acupuncturists who specialize in this area.

Do you treat children?

Yes. Many children and teenagers love receiving acupuncture, and acupuncture can be extremely effective on younger folks. The important thing is that the child is willing to try acupuncture; we will not treat any patient who doesn’t want to be here.

How often do I have to get treated for acupuncture to work?

It depends. Some health issues respond more quickly while others take longer. Factors include how severe the issue is, how long you have had it, and how old you are. And some people just respond faster than others for no particular reason. Because acupuncture is a gentle medicine, frequency is the key to relief. Often patients will come in 2-3 times a week at first and then begin to taper their visits as they experience lasting relief. One reason we have a sliding scale is in order to allow patients to be able to afford to come in enough for acupuncture to work. Your acupuncturist will recommend a treatment plan for you.

Is it okay to combine acupuncture with other medical treatments and medications?

Absolutely. One of the best things about acupuncture is that it doesn’t have its own side effects that might interfere with other medical therapies and medications. This is one of the main reasons why other medical professionals are comfortable referring their patients to us. For example, we often treat patients who are going through chemotherapy in order to help them with their symptoms. Likewise, we often treat patients before and after surgery in order to reduce pain, inflammation, and recovery time.

Acupuncturists

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Chris Rogers

Licensed Acupuncturist
Chris completed a Master’s degree in Acupuncture at the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine in Tucson, Arizona. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, he is licensed to practice acupuncture in Utah.
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Kristen Phipps

Licensed Acupuncturist
Kristen graduated from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas. A Salt Lake native with lots of travels in her past, Kristen is once again happy to call Salt Lake City home. She is licensed to practice acupuncture in Utah.
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Margaret Squires

Licensed Acupuncturist
Margaret is a graduate of Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, North Carolina. Formerly from North Carolina, she now calls Salt Lake City home and is licensed to practice acupuncture in the state of Utah.
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Brent Ottley

Licensed Acupuncturist
Brent received his Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College Of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon. A native of Salt Lake City, Brent is licensed to practice acupuncture in the state of Utah.

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Our friendly acupuncturists are ready to help you experience the incredible benefits of acupuncture. Come relax in our comfortable clinic and see what acupuncture can do for you!

What to Expect at Your First Acupuncture Visit

Do I need to fill out paperwork?

Please plan to arrive ten minutes early to fill out paperwork and to become oriented to the clinic. You can also fill out your new-patient paperwork ahead of time and bring it with you to your visit; click here to download it.

Does acupuncture hurt?

For most people acupuncture is incredibly relaxing. There may occasionally be a small pinch with an insertion, but once the pins are in most people become very relaxed and sometimes even fall asleep.

Who does the treatments?

You will be treated by one of our licensed acupuncturists. All of our acupuncturists have completed 3-4 year Master’s degrees in acupuncture, have passed the national board exams, and are licensed to practice acupuncture in Utah. We have been using acupuncture to effectively treat people with a wide range of health conditions in Salt Lake City for over eight years.

Do you take insurance?

No. Not billing insurance is one of the ways that we are able to keep our prices low. We are happy to create an account statement that you can submit to your insurance company, but we do not do any direct billing or use diagnosis or procedure codes. Many of our patients report that they can use their flexible spending account funds for acupuncture; be sure to check with your insurance company for your own situation.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes. We do require that patients make appointments ahead of time, but we always do our best to accommodate same-day appointments. It’s easy: make one online here, or call us at (801) 364-9272

What should I wear?

Loose, comfortable clothing is best. You won’t need to take off any clothing because we are experts at treating health concerns using distal acupuncture. This means we only need access to the areas below your elbows and knees.

How much time will it take?

30 minutes with the pins in is all it takes, however, we aim to help your body get what it needs and that’s different for everyone. Most treatments last 30-60 minutes, but we often have patients that nap for even longer. After an acupuncture treatment or two most people find a length of time that works best for them. The best way to see how much time you’ll need is to come and try it for yourself!

How much does it cost?

There is a one-time intake fee of $15 at your first visit and the treatment is on a sliding scale of $15-$40, where you decide what to pay. All subsequent treatments are on the $15-$40 sliding scale, and you can change the amount you pay at each visit. The amount you pay does not affect the treatment you receive, the number of needles used, or how long you are able to stay.
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Bodywork

The experienced bodywork practitioners at Wasatch Community Acupuncture offer a wide variety of services. Each practitioner approaches their clientele in a unique way, integrating several types of modalities during each session. Choose from injury-specific to full-body therapeutic massage; energy work styles that may include CranioSacral, Reiki, or other approaches; or from several kinds of Ayurvedic treatments. To learn more about what each bodywork practitioner offers, please explore each practitioner individually below.

Massage Therapists

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Allison Ottley

Licensed Massage Therapist
Allison has been involved in the healing arts for over 20 years, and received her massage therapy certification from Myotherapy College of Utah. Her current practice includes Integrated Healing Sessions, Reiki Treatment & Instruction, Clinical Aromatherapy, and Ayurvedic Bodywork.

Services

Bodywork

  • 30 min Kansa Foot Massage ($25-$35 sliding scale)
  • 30 min Kansa Marma Facial ($25-35 sliding scale)
  • 45 min Sinus and Ear Treatment ($40-50 sliding scale)
  • 60 min Kansa Foot Massage ($50-65 sliding scale)
  • 60 min Kansa Marma Facial ($50-65 sliding scale)
  • 90 min Therapeutic Massage ($75-95)

Energy Work

  • 60 minute Reiki Healing Session ($45-60 sliding scale)

  • 90 min Reiki Healing Session ($65-85 sliding scale)

  • 90 Minute Intuitive Healing Session with Allison ($70-90 sliding scale)

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Michael Thomas

Licensed Massage Therapist
Michael is sometimes referred to as a shaman, medicine man, traditional healer, as well as being a Licensed Massage Therapist. Michael offers energy work sessions as well as injury massage (specific-area focus). His sessions help you focus on physical, mental, or spiritual issues that you’d like to change.

Services

Bodywork

  • 60 min Deep Tissue Massage Injury specific, not full body. ($50-$65 sliding scale)

  • 90 min Massage Injury/Chronic Pain specific ($75-100 sliding scale)

Energy Work

  • 60 minute Energy Work Session with Michael $50-65

  • 120 minute Energy Session with Michael ($90-120)

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Jennifer Agape

Licensed Massage Therpist
Jennifer Rose Agape graduated from the Arizona School of Massage Therapy in 2009 and has actively been in practice for eight years. On the table, her approach infuses technical skill and intuition, employing nurturing deep tissue, cranial sacral therapy, and Reiki with each session.

Services

Bodywork

  • 60 minute area specific (not full body) massage ($50-$65 sliding scale)

  • 90 minute massage ($75-$100 sliding scale)

Energy Work

  • 75 minute energy session: Reiki, Cranial-Sacral $60-$75 sliding scale

Find Us

We look forward to being a partner in your healthcare!

Schedule an appointment online here or call us at (801) 364-9272 to schedule an appointment so that you can come experience the incredible benefits of acupuncture and bodywork in our professional yet comfortable clinic. We’re easy to find and located centrally in the Salt Lake Valley.

Business Hours

Monday – Thursday  9 am – 7 pm
Friday  9 am – 6 pm
Saturday  9 am – 5 pm
Sunday  11:30 am – 4:30 pm